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Saudi Aramco says Jeddah refinery not affected by heavy floods

Normal operations are taking place at the 350,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Jeddah

Saudi Aramco says Jeddah refinery not affected by heavy floods
SAUDI FLOODS: Jeddah was inundated by as much as 111 millimeters of rainfall on Jan 26 (Getty Images)

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest state-owned oil company, said its 350,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Jeddah was not affected by devastating floods that struck the Red Sea port last week.

“We can confirm normal operations are taking place,” the Dhahran-based producer said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. Aramco exports naphtha from the refinery and produces gasoline, fuel oil, and other products there for local consumption.

The Jeddah refinery can increase output to 450,000 barrels a day at peak times, according to Aramco.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, was inundated by as much as 111 millimeters (4.4 inches) of rainfall on Jan 26. At least 10 people died in the flooding and 114 were injured, according to authorities.

Another Aramco refinery, along the Red Sea coast at Yanbu, began a planned shutdown on Tuesday. The Yanbu complex would be offline until March 11, Aramco said on Jan 22.

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